Federer def. Ljubicic 6-4 6-3
Roger feels good and said he got over his injury.
He thinks his preparation is perfect.
Good Luck Roger, you deserve the title in the AO.
Here is the interview of the press conference after his win against Ljubicic
ROGER FEDERER PRESS CONFERENCE 12/1/06:
Q: A bit of a different feeling out there compared to yesterday?
A: Well, not really. I thought it was just different conditions so, like I said on the court, I thought it was much quicker today with higher bounce, makes it hard to control, but thought it was a decent performance like yesterday. I'm happy that I won the match playing this way.
Q: The match before it looked a bit difficult to hold serve and you two seemed to struggle to hold your serve, especially in the second set, was the wind to blame?
A: No, I think it's tough. To always hold your serve you've got to have a very high focus and sometimes that's hard to do when you are playing all the time and sometimes on the serve, like I said yesterday, you hold back sometimes and then when you want the serves to come along they're not there. I don't like to go full swing on my serves all the time, I want to rest my arm a little bit and maybe try more of a slice and kick stuff and that's not what I do usually and these little things make a difference whether you get broken or not. How many times I find myself playing full swing and being down a break points, I save myself plenty of times. Here it happens and I'm happy that I can at least break back.
Q: Are you in as good a shape before the Australian Open now as you have been in recent years?
A: Oh, yeah, I think with the win in Doha it couldn't be any better. I preferred this way than to really having to work hard again this week, tried to get my rhythm going but the rhythm is there, I know it, and like I said I'm happy with the way I'm hitting the ball and once again the start of the year has been good and I'm really anxious to start the Australian Open, that's for sure.
Q: At a tournament like this do you try something different every day or is it just whatever comes up?
A: Definitely I try to do some things a little different maybe than in a match, it's like a practice, so for this reason I'm not too concerned how many breaks I get and I try to maybe to play a little bit more aggressive off the baseline, slicing, spin a little bit more, whatever it is you always try some little things, but then again I try not to move away too much from my game plan because I don't want to mess myself up in my head too much before such a big event so, yesterday I thought I was trying a little bit more than today and tomorrow I will try to play like basically I want to play at the Australian Open, very solid and consistent, and try to play my game.
Q: You would actually increase intensity?
A: No, not the intensity, it's just the way of playing. Stop maybe trying to do things other things you did and now just playing a normal match where I know what I can do, what I cannot do, and I've got used to the conditions here, where in Doha it was again a little different. Then after this is over for me I have got another couple of days where I can try out a few things that I would like to use but now I would like tomorrow to maybe play a match where I play very solid.
Q: When you have had some injury concerns is it hard not to be aware of that when you are playing or do you have to just try to ignore that?
A: Well, I've gotten sort of over it. Obviously as long as I wear the brace it's right there, I know I can play without but then if something would be happening, I don't know, I could blame it really badly on myself like this. Maybe you're always quite aware of it but I've definitely gotten over it since I've started practicing hard in December, Doha went well and I haven't had any pain playing here so it's definitely a good sign, I'm happy about it, because in Shanghai I was still playing in pain and very, very fragile mentally, I would say.